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Wednesday, August 04, 2021
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Dr. Zachary Schlader stands in front of a temperature-controlled room that he uses in many of his studies. Schlader, an assistant professor in the department of exercise and nutrition sciences, conducts research on exercise physiology, behavior and thermoregulation.

A thermo-dynamic professor

From 2002 to 2006, Dr. Zachary Schlader controlled the post as a power forward for the Austin Peay State University Governors basketball team. But there was an off-the-court problem. Schlader’s class schedule conflicted with hoops. As a biology major, he needed to take chemistry and biology labs, but practice got in the way.

Kurt Cobain shreds in front of 7,000 fans at Alumni Arena in 1993. Cobain and his band Nirvana played a sold-out show at UB 25 years ago today, and students brought them here.

Reaching Nirvana

It’s 1993 and Kim Greenfield is sitting on her living room floor, talking on the phone with Nirvana’s attorneys.  She’s shuffling through 30 pages of paperwork for the grunge band’s upcoming UB performance when she sees an interesting detail in the band’s requests.

Johannes Nitsche, a SUNY distinguished professor in the chemical and biological engineering department, said his department is the source of violence prevention and safety workshops hosted by Health Promotion in September.

UB Health Promotion raises awareness of sexual violence through workshops

One in five women experience sexual violence while in college, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Forty-eight students have experienced sexual violence after arriving to UB, according to UB’s 2017-18 Sexual Assault Prevention Program. Through education and workshops, the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is looking to make a change.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand spoke to residents in a town hall discussion on Friday. Gillibrand answered questions about healthcare, public transit and selective service.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hosts town hall event at UB

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) discussed immigration, the U.S. economy and climate concerns during a town hall event at UB on Friday. Gillibrand, who is running for re-election on Nov. 6, answered questions for roughly an hour at Slee Hall. Jean Wactawski-Wende, dean of the School of Public Health and Health Professions, moderated the town hall, but no attendee who asked questions identified themselves as a student.

Men’s bathrooms are notoriously gross, but The Spectrum sought out the worst of the worst. From urinals to stalls, these restrooms might just be the scariest things on campus this Halloween.

The top five spookiest bathrooms on campus

As an avid bathroom user –– mostly due to high consumption of C3 –– I have become a campus bathroom connoisseur. Through my two years at UB, I’ve used almost every male bathroom on North Campus. When duty calls, you don’t refuse.

Buffalo’s Grand Central Terminal, abandoned since 1979, has recently undergone efforts to restore the once-mighty train station. However, no amount of fixing-up can remove spirits from the station’s hayday that still haunt the spacious halls.

Buffalo Haunts

Buffalo is known for our unfortunate sports teams and our love of chicken wings. But embedded deep into the cold tundra are a number of frigidly haunted places. Here are just a few of the Queen City’s most spooky locations. Take a visit … if you dare.

The SA Senate talks in a meeting last academic year. The Senate did not contact The Spectrum or other news media before the Oct. 11 SA Senate meeting. New York’s top open-government official said SA’s precedent of not alerting news media did not comply with the law.

The Student Association Senate did not comply with Open Meetings Law, according to state top open-government official

The Student Association didn’t notify The Spectrum or other news media in advance of its last Senate meeting, a public meeting where students move and distribute student activity fee money. The SA President Gunnar Haberl, chairperson of the SA Senate meeting on Oct. 11, said he was following SA’s past “precedent” by not alerting media.

William Regan (left) hands Distinguished Speakers Series posters to Nobel Peace Prize winner and activist Malala Yousafzai. Regan’s office, the office of University Events, has hosted the lecture-based, educative series for over three decades at UB.

How It's Made: Distinguished Speakers Series

For William Regan, the UB Distinguished Speakers Series is all about the process. Regan, director of the Office of University Events, said some event preparations may not hold a lot of glamour, but the behind-the-scenes brunt work by his staff and other UB units makes its all possible by showtime.

The golf tee on top of Baldy Hall is one of UB’s hidden treasures on North Campus.

UB Secrets II: The spooky unknowns

I value every reader of this newspaper, and I also value every non-reader. Two weeks ago, I posted my first UB Secrets article on /r/UBReddit. The post received over 1,800 views, and 37 upvotes as a majority of users responded with rays of positivity. But some users were much more critical.

UB’s radio tower, adjacent to the Millersport Highway, stands over 400-feet high. The tower hosts six tenants from around Western New York, including WNED/WBFO, Verizon and Transwave Communications Systems.

North Campus radio tower still used after WBFO sale in 2012

Over a decade since its completion, North Campus’ radio tower still stands high above the student body. The 443-foot tower was built for WBFO, the UB-founded radio station from 1959-2012, and for additional tenants to improve their signal quality. After Buffalo’s public radio station WNED acquired the station’s rights in 2012, UB kept the tower, which houses six tenants today.

From local restaurant week to after hours at the science museum, there is plenty to keep you busy in Buffalo this weekend.

Around town

Fall is in full swing and with Halloween quickly approaching, there are a number of events students can enjoy throughout the Queen City.  As the winds pick up, enjoy the autumn weather while it lasts and take advantage of a few of these events this week.

Panelists discuss UB’s and Buffalo’s “radical history” on Friday in Hayes Hall. Friday’s symposium featured a number of panelists who recounted the histories of feminist and queer cultures in the Queen City.

Radical queer histories rediscovered, remembered throughout Buffalo

UB community members gathered this past weekend to discuss influential moments in local LGBTQ and feminist history. On Friday and Saturday, UB’s Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, the English department and history department, among others, hosted a symposium, street tour and archival tour of Buffalo’s queer, transgender and feminist milestones. The departments held the event on Friday and Saturday on South Campus, at Buffalo State College and throughout downtown Buffalo.

Nature View Park currently sits on land formerly owned by the Faculty Student Association (FSA). FSA claims the land, purchased in 1964 and sold in 1987, was purchased with a “portion” of student activity fees as well as other resources.

Faculty Student Association says $785,500 land purchase came from student fees, other money

The Faculty Student Association says its 1964 land purchase for students came from a mixture of student activity fees and other organizational resources. For three decades, FSA, a UB-controlled nonprofit known to most students as Campus Dining & Shops, has claimed it had no idea how much money went into the $785,500 it used to buy a piece of land in Amherst in 1964.  This month, FSA lawyer Terry Gilbride of the law firm Hodgson Russ wrote that a “portion” of FSA’s funds used to purchase the 1964 land “did originally come from student [activity] fees collected by FSA” and the “balance of the purchase price came from other FSA resources which did not derive from student activity fees.” 

Fern Mallis, creator of New York Fashion Week and UB alum, spoke in Hayes Hall as part of UB’s new “Lessons Learned” alumni speaker series. Mallis spoke on Thursday about her successes in the fashion industry and time as a UB student.

New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis speaks at UB

Before she founded New York Fashion Week in the 1990s, Fern Mallis built her artistic foundations as a student in UB’s fine arts department.  Mallis, a ’69 UB alum and fashion icon, discussed her experiences in the world of fashion to a sold-out crowd in 403 Hayes Hall Thursday night. The event marked the beginning of the university’s new speaker series featuring alumni and the lessons they’ve learned in their respective fields. 

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